Betty Castleberry

bettycastleberryBorn Betty Marlow in 1931 in Rock River, Wyoming, the 1988 Woman of the Year graduated from Rock River High School in 1949 and was awarded a 4-year scholarship to the University of Wyoming, Laramie.  Betty married Paul M. Castleberry in July 1951, then dropped out of the university and accepted a position as secretary to the Dean of the College of Pharmacy to help Paul complete a degree in mechanical engineering.  The couple moved to Glendale, California in 1956 and then to Newhall in 1964. They moved to Grand Junction, Colorado in 1992.

“When I was chosen Woman of the Year for 1988, I felt honored to be added to the list of women who had been recognized for making a difference in the life of their community,” commented Betty. “In serving my SCV community, I always received more than I gave.  I’m grateful and indebted to the many people of the Santa Clarita Valley who encouraged and supported me in all my volunteer efforts.”

Betty’s volunteer activities in the SCV include:

• President of Peachland Elementary School – 1966

• Vice President of Newhall-Saugus PTA Council 1968 – Awarded a Life-time membership in PTA for outstanding contributions to the organization.

• A.A. degree from the College of the Canyons.    Named to Who’s Who in Junior Colleges in 1979

• B.A. degree from the University of Antioch, L. A. – 1982

• Member of the Board of Trustees Newhall Elementary School District – 1976. Served one year as President – Was honored for being instrumental in returning music to the elementary curriculum

• Bank of America Awards Committee 1977 & 1978

• President of Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley – 1981

– Received  Soroptimist’s first annual “Women Helping Women” Award 1984

• President of Newhall-Saugus Business and Professional Women’s Club -1981

• Member of the Board of Directors of St. Stephen’s Special School (now Child & Family Center)  – 1981

• Member of Regional Board of Camino Real Soroptimists – 1983

• Hart Scholarship Fund Board – 1983

• Charter member of Board of Directors – Association to Aid Victims of Domestic
Violence- 1983.   Served as Secretary and as Vice President

• Received Newhall-Saugus Business and Professional Women’s  “Women Helping
Women” award –1983

• Recipient of “Woman of the Year” Award from Newhall-Saugus Business and
Professional Women – 1984

• Member of the Association of California Water Agencies. Chair of ACWA’s Board Secretary Committee – 1984-86; vice chair – Personnel and Administration Committee – 1989

• Charter president of the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra Foundation – 1986

• Honored by Zonta International as “Woman of the Year” 1987

• Santa Clarita Valley Chamber’s “Woman of the Year” 1988

• Member of Finance Steering Committee – College of the Canyons

• Member of the “Screening Committee” College of the Canyons to find a new president

• Member of College of the Canyons Career Technology Subcommittee

• President of the Friends of Hart Park and Museum

• Board of Directors Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce- 1991
served as Vice President Public Affairs – Member of Legislative Committee

• Retired 1992 from Castaic Lake Water Agency – (Position:  Administrative Officer.)

Grand Junction, Colorado Activities:

• City of Grand Junction Arts and Culture Commission Member – 1992

• American Association of University Women – 1992 – Served as Educational Foundation
chair , by-laws chair and ways and means

• Member of the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce “Rangers” 1992

• Board of Directors Chipeta Girl Scout Council – 1993 (Life member)

• Advisory Committee for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program – 1993

• United Way Board of  Trustees -Grand Junction  – Vice President  1994

• Grand Junction Symphony Board of Directors -1997-2000 and 2002-2005